Recently, when I was scrolling down my Facebook home page I saw that Ali Moeen Nawazish had asked a very intriguing question on his fan page. It led me to think deeply and I let my mind wander away from the boundaries of religion and pondered over the question which-as it seemed had no distinct answer to it: The existence of God.
Many of the people reading this post might be let down or bored (or angry) by now but I intend to put pen to paper either to clear my own thoughts concerning the topic or to help in the thinking process of the readers.
Disclaimer: I am not questioning the existence, rather proving it with logic and reasoning
You just have to think for five minutes and let your brain work on it a little bit. Even if you do believe, you should be able to justify your belief rather than saying that “I believe because I’m supposed to believe”. I didn’t realize that the reason the topic of God weighed so heavily on my mind, was because God was pressing the issue. I have come to find out that God wants to be known. He created us with the intention that we would know Him. He has surrounded us with evidence of himself and He keeps the question of His existence squarely before us. It was as if I couldn’t escape thinking about the possibility of God. Everything around us seems to tell us the beauty and existence of God. If you want to know God, go and sit in a park and just observe the flawless-ness of the whole system. The earth, the sky, the sun…it seems as if the whole universe is smiling at you and asking you to just believe in God.
In the ninth century C.E., the Benedictine monk and Arch-bishop of Canterbury named Anselm was one of the first to confront what God is. Instead of taking the theological approach to the question, he decided to challenge it philosophically. He developed what is now referred to as the “Ontological Approach.” It is a philosophical approach to God that is still used today. Well, grab your thinking caps; it is a hard concept to grasp.
Anselm explains that “by ‘God’ we mean an absolutely unsurpassed being, a being that cannot conceivably be improved upon.” Essentially, he believes God is perfection. He then uses an example of a painter to explain the concept. “For it is one thing for an object to be in the understanding, another to understand that the object exists. For when a painter first conceives of what he will afterwards perform, he has it in his understanding but he does not yet understand it to be, because he has not yet performed it. But after he has made the painting, he both has it in his understanding and he understands that it exists, because he has made it.”
Finally, he sums up his argument:
“And assuredly, that then which nothing greater can be conceived cannot exist in the understanding alone: then it can be conceived to exist in reality, which is greater. Therefore, if that then which nothing greater can be conceived exists in the understanding alone, the very being then which nothing greater can be conceived is one than which a greater can be conceived.”
That’s a lot to digest right? I’ll give you a second to ponder over it…is your mind blown yet? Good. Here is what I think:
People thought that God is the greatest being in the world. Most of people have the “understanding” that God is this “supreme being” that cannot be improved upon. Therefore, because he exists in understanding, God actually exists.
Other than this philosophical attempt there are many proofs that God actually exists. You can prove His existence spiritually as He answers our prayers and helps us in the time of need. There are hundreds of proofs scientifically proving the existence of something so powerful yet so organised which is controlling everything. Not only Quran but also in Bible. You can easily think of a dozen of other things which are a proof that something exists which has command over things as small as atoms and molecules and as big as the stars and galaxies. All the things in this world micro to macro have something which makes them move/do what they are meant to do. The driving force which makes it all happen on all levels is more than some ordinary force which can be defined by physics laws etc. That force which cannot be defined but is so powerful that it is behind each and everything happening around us. From the sun glowing with its might, to the expanding of universe. From the miraculous union of an egg and sperm, to making a full human being from just two cells. Something which guides everything in some particular way let it be a chemical reaction or something like earthquakes or volcanic eruption. The guiding and driving force, I believe, is God.
Asking people if God truly exists is the equivalent of asking someone “is the sky really blue?”